BG cracks down on 'snow street' parking rules PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by By HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Tuesday, 22 December 2009 10:14
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File photo. A BG Public Works truck plowing snow on Wooster. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bowling Green motorists were warned Monday night that strict enforcement of the city's snow emergency ordinance is planned this winter.
"This ordinance has been on the books since Dec. 28, 1978," Municipal Administrator John Fawcett told city council. "We have many citizens who are not conforming and to some extent the city is responsible. We work around vehicles left on the streets and then go back when the vehicles are moved. For safety and budget reasons, we are taking a different approach this year," he said.
The ordinance allows city officials to invoke a snow emergency any time snowfall totals two or more inches or becomes automatic if two or more inches of snow is forecast. The emergency can also be declared in cases of ice or sleet.
If the emergency is declared between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., residents have two hours from the time of the declaration to remove vehicles from designated snow streets. If the emergency is declared between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m., vehicles must be off snow streets by 9 a.m.
Vehicles not moved are subject to towing at the owner's expense.
Fawcett said the city will ease into enforcement. The first time a snow emergency is declared, vehicles left on snow streets will receive a warning. The second snow emergency will find citations placed on offending vehicles. On the third and all subsequent snow emergencies, all vehicles will receive a citation and be towed.
Fawcett emphasized the enforcement will be based on the number of snow emergencies, not on how many times a vehicle is left on the street. If the violation comes during the third or later snow emergency, the vehicle will be ticketed and towed, not start out with a warning. "The easiest thing for people to do is to make provisions to get cars off the street when significant snow is forecast or occurs."
Snow streets are marked with blue and white signs, a list has been published in the legal notices of this newspaper and is available at www.bgohio.org
"This is nothing new other than enforcement and an attempt to be consistent. Notice was also sent to Bowling Green State University officials for distribution," Fawcett said.
He also took the opportunity to remind residents to clear snow and ice from sidewalks within 24 hours after any storm. Failure to do so could result in a citation or cause the city to have a contractor remove snow and bill the property owner.
Council also:
¥ Heard Dave McDonald has been named the city's information technology manager by Mayor John Quinn. McDonald has been acting manager since the retirement of Chris Jackson earlier this year. McDonald has been with the city several years.
¥ Learned firefighter Mike Smith will retire Dec. 29.
¥ Adopted revisions to the zoning code that generally reduce the number of off-street parking spaces required for new commercial and retail development and that define a retail center as a structure with at least 100,000 square feet.
¥ Said farewell to Megan Newlove, Jacob Redfern and Larry Sorrells, whose terms end Dec. 31. There is a chance council will have to call a special meeting before the end of the year to handle budget balancing issues.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 December 2009 13:22
 

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